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Rat Control

How to Get Rid of Rats

There are two popular methods used to get rid of rats:
  1. Baiting
  2. Trapping

Rat Control Products

We carry a full line of rat bait, rat traps, rat bait stations, rodent inspection tools, animal repellents and rat exclusion materials.

Rat Trapping Tips

  • One advantage of trapping is easy verification that the rat is actually captured.
  • The key to success when trapping is being aggressive and placing several rat traps where the rats are active.
  • To lure the rat to the trap, use an attractant such as Provoke Rat Attractant by placing it on the trap.

Rat Baiting Tips

  • Place rat bait in tamper resistant rat bait stations throughout the rat infested area, spacing 30 to 60 feet apart.
  • The EPA requires that bait be placed in tamper resistant bait stations to protect people and unintended animals from accidentally eating the bait.
  • Rats continue their normal activity until the bait takes affect, so it is not possible to determine where it will die.
  • Bait is like food to rats so they seek it.

Rodent Inspection

Rat Exclusion

Exclusion by blocking structural entry points with copper mesh is typically used in combination with trapping and baiting for maximum effect.

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  1. Victor Power Trap M144

    Victor Power Kill Rat Trap M144 is simple and safe to bait and set and is for commercial and residential use. Quick set design. Power jaw kills rats.

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  2. EZ Klean Rodent Bait Station (Black)

    EZ Klean Rodent Bait Station is a low profile bait station built for tight spaces and easy servicing. It is made of 100% recycled heavy-duty plastic with a durable hinge design that provides durability. Learn More
  3. Final Soft Bait

    Final in a soft bait form provides a fast acceptance by rodents. It is made of a food matrix of fats and proteins, and works very well with rodents who are use to eating fatting foods.

    Final Soft Bait, like it's cousin Final Blox is a single feed bait with Brodifacoum.

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  4. Contrac Blox Super Size /1 -20 Lb Box (40 X 8 oz . Blocks)

    Contrac Blox Super Sizer are  large, Super-Size Bloxes (8 oz.)  that work well for heavy rodent infestations and in sewers. Each box comes with wires if needed to wire and attach bait.

    Packaging: 1 Box/20 lbs.( 40x 8 oz. blocks) Learn More
  5. Contrac Meal Place Packs (174 x 1.5 oz)

    Contrac Meal Place Packs are conveniently packaged in pre-measured place pacs. They the bait inside fresh and free from contaminates. As with other Contrac products from Bell Labs, Contrac Meal Place Packs have great bait acceptance. The meal baits are not as weatherable as the blox and pellet forms, but contain food-grade ingredients, grains and seeds that entice rodents to eat it.

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  6. Pro-Pest Rat and Mouse Lure

    Starting at: $9.90

    Pro-Pest Professional Lures for Rats & Mice lures rats and mice with 100% food-grade materials. It has no peanuts and no pesticides, with no known allergens. It may be used in sensitive areas like nurseries, day care centers, hospitals, food processing plants, etc.

    Use it with snap traps, multi catch traps, live animal traps, Tin Cats, etc.

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  7. Protecta LP Bait Stations

    Starting at: $19.95

    Protecta LP Bait Station can be used for rats or mice. The name "LP", means low profile. These low profile bait stations fit snugly in corners and lay flush along the walls. Rodents travel along walls and in corners. The low profile design is particularly useful to fit under pallets and any other tight baiting locations. It is triangular shaped and measures 3 3/8" tall by 9" deep (approx. 76mm x 228mm).

    Protecta LP is a tamper-resistant rat bait station that is designed for inside or outside buildings.

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  8. Ditrac Blox

    Starting at: $34.50

    Ditrac Blox is a mulitple feed bait . Multiple feed baits are ideal for maintenance situations or monitoring for new activity. It takes multiple feedings for a lethal dose.

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  9. Pro-Pest Professional Lure Syringes For Rats and Mice

    Starting at: $6.50

    Pro-Pest Professional Lure is made of 100% food -grade lure of oils, essential nuts, and seeds. It does not contain peanuts. It is aromatic and is long lasting.

    Use Pro-Pest Professional lure as an attractant in all types of rodent traps, such as glue boards, snap traps, live traps or multi-catch traps such as Victor Tin Cats and Ketch Alls.

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  10. Safeguard Squirrel-Rat Live Trap #50450-1

    The Safeguard Trap Model # 50450 is a perfect medium humane box live trap for squirrels, rats, muskrats. Safeguard #50450 live trap for squirrels, rats and muskrats  has  a front release door to set the critter free to it's natural environment.Safeguard Traps are made with a heavy-duty reinforced spring-loaded door, to provide maximum performance and superior animal retention. Safeguard Trap Model # 50450 is used by many professional wildlife control companies.

    Packaging: 1 Trap
    Measures : 18 in x 5 in x 5 in with an 1/2 in mesh.
    Covered by a 1 year warranty against manufacturer's defects.
    Made in the USA.
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Rat Control Steps

 

1. Inspect for rodent activity 2. Reduce their harborage areas and improve sanitation by getting rid of favorable rodent conditions including food and water sources.
  • Keep grass cut short; tall grass hides rodents from natural predators.
  • Overhanging trees provide protective areas for rats; keep overhanging trees cut back.
  • Debris should be removed from the exterior. Clutter and garbage provide shelter and food for rodents.
  • A 2 foot wide barrier of cement or crushed rock around the perimeter of the house would help exclude rodents.
  • Make sure that garbage cans outside and dumpsters have a tight seal. Rodents will eat any food thrown in the garbage. Dumpsters are one of the primary rodent zones in commercial establishments.
  • Dumpster should be placed at least 75 feet from the structure if possible.
  • Dumpsters need to be emptied regularly.
3. Exlude and rodent proof your home.
  • Identify and eliminate conditions that make it possible for rats to survive.
  • They need shelter (harborage), food and water.
  • Click Here: Rodent Exclusion Tips
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